Real vs. Steal – Balmain Padded Knee Denim Jeans

by Irina on January 27, 2010

Update: This post has been updated on January 27, 2010. Scroll down to see the new add.

I love Balmain and their jeans sure look amazing, but let’s be serious for a moment: who could justify spending more than $1.000 on a pair of jeans (celebrities and oil sheikh family members excluded)? I know I couldn’t.

Balmain Spring 2009 Padded Knee Skinny Jean

Balmain Blue Faded Reinforced Biker Jeansls
($1.350, Net-A-Porter)

Alloy Indigo Saints Motorcross Stretch Skinny Jean

Update (01/27/2010): Reader Slim_Goodie informed us of this great and budget-friendly Balmain jeans look-a-like by Alloy. Thank you!

Alloy Indigo Saints Motorcross Stretch Skinny Jean (Balmain knockoff)

Alloy Indigo Saints Motorcross Stretch Skinny Jeanls
($45.90, Alloy)

LuLu*s Mad Max Boot Cut Machine Jean

Update (01/27/2010): Found these black Balmain inspired jeans while surfing LuLu*s New Arrivals section. And they cost only $37. Yay!

LuLu*s Mad Max Boot Cut Machine Jean in black (Balmain knockoff)

LuLu*s Mad Max Boot Cut Machine Jean
($37, LuLu*s)

Topshop Bleach Bike Skinny Jeans

Update (01/18/2010): Stumbled upon this great Balmain jeans knockoff by Topshop.

Topshop Bleach Bike Skinny Jeans (Balmain knockoff)

Topshop Bleach Bike Skinny Jeans
($100, Topshop)

Blank Denim Motorcycle Skinny Jeans

Update (09/19/2009): Here’s another fabulous Balmain jeans knockoff by Blank Denim. (Thanks to our reader Bunnae!)

Blank Denim Motorcycle Skinny Jeans in acid wash (Balmain knockoff)

Blank Denim Motorcycle Skinny Jeans
($82, Shopbop)

Vintage1 Serena Motorcycle Zipper Skinny Jean

If you can’t or don’t want to spend so much $$$ on denim, but still crave the Balmain rock chick jeans, you can buy this Balmain inspired version by Vintage1 which will save you more than 90% of the original’s price (and still they’re around $200 which is not that cheap for most of us). Celebrities like Rihanna and Cameron Diaz have been spotted wearing these Balmain look-a-like jeans.

Vintage1 Serena Motorcycle Zipper Skinny Jean (Balmain Spring 2009 knockoff)

Vintage1 Motorcycle Zipper Skinny Jean
($198, Free People)

Rockstar Denim Ripped Biker Zip Bottom Jean

If you’re willing to spend a bit more to get a closer Balmain look, you might consider these jeans by Rockstar Denim to be a good alternative. As you can see, the stitching detail on the knees is almost identical though this version has a distressed, ripped look which the Balmain jeans don’t have.

Rockstar Denim Ripped Biker Zip Bottom Jean (Balmain Spring 2009 knockoff)

Rockstar Denim Ripped Biker Zip Bottom Jean
($229, Nordstrom Rack)

Image source(s): Style, Alloy, LuLu*s, Topshop, Karmaloop, Singer22

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